Mom of 4 Poses Nude to Show the Toll Breast Cancer Surgery Can Take (PHOTO)

beth whaanga breast cancer surgery under the red dressJust last year, on her 32nd birthday, mother-of-four Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with "major cellular changes to her left breast" and the BRCA2 gene. After a double mastectomy, a breast reconstruction, and a scheduled hysterectomy, she says she's not a breast cancer survivor but a "breast cancer preventer." And now the Australian's making international headlines for posing in a series of stunning, haunting, and thought-provoking (NSFW) nude photos by photographer Nadia Masot to show the realities of what cancer-related surgeries do to women's bodies ...

As a registered nurse, Beth says that with this "Under the Red Dress" campaign, she felt she had "an obligation to others to raise awareness about cancer. If my experience could help others, then I felt like it was necessary to do that."

Upon posting the photos, Beth elaborated on Facebook:

The aim of this project is to raise awareness for breast cancer. If you find these images offensive please hide them from your feed. Each day we walk past people. These individuals appear normal but under their clothing sometimes their bodies tell a different story. Nadia Masot and I aim to find others who are willing to participate in our project so that we might show others that cancer effects everyone. The old and the young, age does not matter, self examination is vital. It can happen to you.

So true, so important. And so shocking that Facebook didn't flip out and immediately take the graphic images down! According to News.Com.Au, the images from her page have been reported as inappropriate, but Facebook says they will not be removing them. Cheers to that!

And bravo to Beth for bringing a brave, much-needed dose of reality onto our radars. If her goal was to open even just a few people's eyes and get a conversation going, I'm guessing she can already consider herself extremely successful.

What do you think about Beth's photos and effort to raise awareness about the effects of cancer-related surgeries?


Image by Nadia Masot via Beth.Whaanga/Facebook

cancer, breast cancer, body image, general health


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Valerie Duburg

I applaude her. Same thing happened to me however implants didn't work. I am so embarrased by my upper half. But shes right, nobody knows what under your clothes. I'm just lucky to be alive!! Thank you for sharing!

Datosha Brigger

Awesome! My whole torso is scarred. It was a running joke with me and my husband that every time I had surgery I would loose a body part and it was a really shitty diet plan! Good for you for doing this. Just because I beat cancer and hair has grown back doesn't mean I am in love with and truly healed from what is hidden with clothing. Yes, I call them my battle scars and I'm thrilled to say it is a battle I won! However, it is annoying when people say "you look great! Nice and healthy"...well, let me lift my shirt...

squee... squeekumsaus

Such and amazing, brave and gorgeous woman


Angela Hawes

I'm glad she is comfortable to put this out there!! I too had double mastectomy and a hysterectomy all within the past year. I have lost two things that identify us as women and that is sometimes tough to deal with but my scars help me remember none of us are immune from this horrible disease and a positive attitude helps with healing process. I talk about all of it with my coworkers and friends so they know it's ok to ask questions and have a conversation about these scary things! Kudos to you for being brave!!!

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

True courage has many faces.

This is one of them.

linzemae linzemae

I just lost my aunt on Thursday to breast cancer. I'm so glad to see survivors! You are truly lucky ladies.

Cindy Walters

Such a brave and beautiful woman. God Bless you!

Jlo01 Jlo01

I applaud her for doing something most of us wouldn't do or have the courage to do . Thank goodness she can bring awareness to more women . Her scars are very realistic and beautiful !!!. Her body shows us How it is to be a women with imperfections because of cancer and she embraces it . I hope this will help more women out there to get checked out and do self breast examinations . We all deserve to live a happy & healthy life .

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